Hey Europe, Where Dem Beans at?

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When I think of my love for coffee I think back to my early youth, when my late grandmother would make her famous Café Au Lait. This typically included a perfectly decorated Demi (Demitasse) tea cup filled with a lot of cream, sugar and just a splash of coffee.

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Traditional Demitasse Cup

Hence the phrase, “Would you like some coffee with your sugar?”

It always amazes people when I tell them that my grandmother would give me coffee when I was as young as 4 years old. But this is pretty common in New Orleans’ black and Creole culture.

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Hello Adventure! It’s me, Kimmie

Here’s a story about a freelance writer who packed up her life for the love of travel…image4134_REV_01-1

… Yes, I am that freelance writer who gave up many things to enjoy a life abroad.

It all started in 2008. I was a “Junior” in college (That awkward state where you’re in your senior year by numbers but a few credits shy)…

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Me, Europe and IKEA.

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Let me tell you a story about how IKEA became my new best friend.

After leaving the comfort of my old flat, I felt myself losing little pieces of my sanity.

It started with the forceful manner in which my landlord basically pushed me out of my apartment. My time was up! I had only paid for one month, and she was eagerly awaiting my departure.

My First Euro Flat.

There was a mixture of panic and annoyance, blended with bouts of rage.

I am a foreigner, how dare she be so insensitive. (HASHTAG ‘MERICA)

After packing all four of my suitcases, I spent a whopping 3 U.S. dollars hauling my stuff to the new flat via Uber.

 

**Sidenote: If you’re in Prague and you don’t understand the transit system, Uber is ridiculously cheap…

 

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A Very European Halloween!

It was a Facebook post that put me in an instant state of depression. It started with a picture of the inside of my friends adorable shotgun home. In this picture I spied the following items: glitter, a glue gun, wine, hair spray, a fabulous purple wig and a variety of other Halloween-esq decor.

Mary's House

It only took one glance for my depression to ensue.

As I took another look, I noticed her caption, “Wine, Wigs, Glitter and Glue Guns. So happy costume season is here”.  At that very moment, I realized that I was “Halloween Homesick”.

There is only one true reason why a person may have never experienced Halloween Homesickness:

They haven’t experienced Halloween in New Orleans!

It goes without being said that New Orleans is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween. Where else do you find people that need little to no reason to put on a costume, and absolutely no reason at all to have a party.

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Panama by Accident!

When it comes to “Throwback Thursday”, I am always eager to post pictures of my previous travels. I mean, why not reminisce on one of the best times in my life? And being that many of my travels happened during the pre-Instagram era, I am constantly looking for a reason to share travel pictures from the past.

While posting these many pictures, I sometimes fail to point out the issues and occasional mishaps of traveling. Like, the things that people don’t realize could happen or the events that make us notice how fast everything can change. And how sometimes, things simply don’t go as planned, which brings me to my point…

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